Leadership Team

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Dr. Binny Chokshi is a general pediatrician in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, at the Children's National Hospital (CNH) in Washington DC.  She serves at the Co-Medical Director of the Healthy Generations Program, a comprehensive program that provides teen-friend and family centered health care and case management services to teen-headed families.  At Children's National, she also plays a leadership role within the Clark Parent and Child Network, which seeks to support pregnant and post-partum women and their children.   Dr. Chokshi's research and education interests are focused on childhood adversity and trauma informed care in health care settings.  She has developed training modules for medical students, residents, nursing professionals, and primary care pediatricians in trauma-informed care.  

Binny Chokshi,

MD

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Christiana Jolda is a LICSW with an interest in advocacy, reproductive health, pregnancy, and parenting. She is currently the team lead social worker for the Healthy Generations program, a teen-tot model that provides comprehensive medical care and case management services to teen-headed families, at Children's National Hospital (CNH) in Washington, DC. She is a certified lactation counselor, has experience conducting trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and has extensive experience working with teen-headed households.

Christiana Jolda,

LCSW

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Iana Y. Clarence,

MPH

Iana Y. Clarence is the Program Manager of the DC Network for Expectant and Parenting Teens (DC NEXT!) at the DC Primary Care Association. Iana works to further bolster and build structures to strengthen DC NEXT!’s robust network of young parents, community providers, educational institutions, healthcare agencies and government partners. She is responsible for driving the success of the network in improving teen parent outcomes through collective impact and human-centered design. Iana is passionate about empowering young parents and has expertise in project management, youth engagement, advocacy education, and maternal and child health. Iana graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in health administration, and obtained her M. P. H. at the George Washington University.

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Suzanne Singer is the Program Coordinator of the DC Network for Expectant and Parenting Teens (DC NEXT!) at the DC Primary Care Association. Suzanne is passionate about reproductive justice, equity, and advocacy for parents of all ages. Suzanne works with the policy team supporting ongoing policy priority work around maternal, social, and behavioral health, and works directly with our DC NEXT1 Network partners in supporting innovations and outreach. Suzanne graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in Environmental Policy and French Studies, and obtained her M. P. H. concentrating in Maternal, Child and Family Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Suzanne Singer,

MPH

Suzanne Singer,

MPH

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Dr. Enwerem is a Registered Nurse and Associate Professor at Howard University, Division of Nursing. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology and Nursing, a Master’s and a Ph.D. degree in Medicinal Chemistry, a Master’s degree in Community/Public Health Nursing and a Post Diploma Certificate in Nursing and Health Science Education from University of Maryland.  Dr. Enwerem’s research interest is to understand the underlying risk factors that contribute to health disparity among the minorities and the underprivileged population. Dr. Enwerem has over 27 publications in peer-reviewed journal in the area of Medicinal chemistry, Nursing,  Pregnancy and Lactation, Food and drug interactions, Chronic disease, Medicinal plants and Chemistry.  She runs various health education programs in the community and hosts an annual conference on Women’s Health in Maryland.

Nkechi Enwerem,
PhD, RN

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Dr. Manget is a board certified family nurse practitioner, currently practicing in primary care at Children’s National, Children’s Health Center at THEARC. She is a member of the Generations clinical team and has a passion for adolescents and reproductive health. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Jaytoya Manget,
DNP, MSPH, FNP

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Patricia Quinn is the Vice President of Policy and Partnerships at D.C. Primary Care Association, and the Program Director of DC NEXT!. Patricia has more than 20 years’ experience promoting the health and wellbeing of children, youth, and families through public policy analysis, advocacy, and organizing. As
executive director of the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy from 2008-2013, Mrs. Quinn lead the only organization in Massachusetts dedicated to ensuring that state and local policies effectively address the complex issues associated with teen pregnancy.

Patricia Quinn

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Dr. Yael Smiley is a pediatrician at Children’s National Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University. She is co-medical director of the Healthy Generations Program which provides comprehensive health services and case management for teen-headed families. Dr. Smiley is a core faculty member in the pediatric residency program and an affiliate member of the Child Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI). Her academic interests include reproductive health, health equity, and medical education.

Yael Smiley,

MD

Brittani Wyatt

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Mrs. Davene M. White has over 50 years of nursing experience, and 35 years in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health in the Howard University College of Medicine where she is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor.  A respected neonatal nurse practitioner since 1980, Mrs. White's clinical practice focused on the care and follow-up of  infants, mothers and families. Ms. White served as the director of nursing for maternal and child health at HUH from 2009 – 2013. As the principle investigator and director of the HUH CARES public health programs, she has been the lead on many grants at HU since 1989. She is also the founder of the Howard University Hospital Boarder Babies Program, the HUH Communiversity and co-founder of the BLESS Initiative and HUH National Breastfeeding Support Center.

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Zillah Jackson Wesley is a Program Manager at Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health . She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Howard University. She is a trained Therapist and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW. During her career she has  held various positions that includes: Adjunct Professor at The University of The District of Columbia; Acting Supervisor of Social Work and Clinical Social Worker for DC Public Schools.  She has training in numerous Evidence-Based Programs, Social Emotional Learning, Trauma Informed Practices, Cool Down Techniques ,Relaxation Design Space Consultant ,Wellness and Health Trainer Consultant, Restorative Justice and Mediation Trainer and Consultant . She is Founder of Care Wellness DC . Contributed to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Publication on Private Practice.

Zillah Jackson Wesley,

MSW, LICSW

Zillah Jackson Wesley is a Program Manager at Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health . She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Howard University. She is a trained Therapist and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW. During her career she has  held various positions that includes: Adjunct Professor at The University of The District of Columbia; Acting Supervisor of Social Work and Clinical Social Worker for DC Public Schools.  She has training in numerous Evidence-Based Programs, Social Emotional Learning, Trauma Informed Practices, Cool Down Techniques ,Relaxation Design Space Consultant ,Wellness and Health Trainer Consultant, Restorative Justice and Mediation Trainer and Consultant . She is Founder of Care Wellness DC . Contributed to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Publication on Private Practice.

Zillah Jackson Wesley,

MSW, LICSW

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Brittani Wyatt is the Reproductive Health Coordinator at Children’s National Hospital and Context Team Lead for DC NEXT! Brittani currently holds a Bachelor’s in Child & Family Psychology and is working towards completing her Masters's in Forensic Psychology. She recently became a Certified Lactation Consultant and plans to become a trained doula, serving low-income families. Brittani was born to teenage parents and has a strong desire to improve the experiences of today’s young parents.  Brittani served on the original DC NEXT! team at the program's inception and launch, and assisted with identifying youth to staff our context team. Brittani’s areas of expertise include youth support, community connections, and youth advocacy. Brittani’s research and education efforts will primarily focus on the improved mental and physical health of young families.

Brittani Wyatt